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5 kids Summer Drinks Recipes for Kids

Summer holidays are finally here, we are already enjoying all the warm weather activities. This means that kids can get out and start enjoying some fun in the sun. However, when kids are outdoors, running around, and playing in the heat, it’s important to make sure your kids are staying hydrated.

While drinking water is still the best approach to helping kids stay hydrated, Mocktails, Smoothies, and Old-Fashioned Lemonades are also a refreshing way for the kids to cool off and a fun kitchen activity, too.

Toddlers love having a bright and colorful drink and these five recipes are sure to do the trick. Try them all, and feel free to mix and match ingredients to create your kids’ favorite summer drink that they can share with family and friends!

Strawberry Milkshake

Ingredients you will need: Milk (cow milk or vegetal milk), strawberries (fresh or frozen), dates (or honey), frozen bananas and vanilla extract

1. Pop all the ingredients into a blender

2. Blend until smooth and creamy

3. Serve immediately & enjoy!

Watermelon lemonade

Ingredients you will need: 1 litre of sparkling water, 300g cubed watermelon, the juice of 2 lemons, 2 tsp honey & fresh mint and ice to serve

1. Add the sparkling water, watermelon, lemon juice and honey to a blender and blitz until smooth.

2. Strain the lemonade through a sieve into a jug to remove any seeds.

3. Serve immediately over ice and with a sprig of fresh mint.

Apricot-Strawberry Smoothie

Ingredients you will need: 190g fresh apricots, 60g natural plain yogurt, 240 ml milk (cow milk or vegetal milk), 2 teaspoons honey (or agave syrup), 190g fresh strawberries

1. Pop all the ingredients in a blender. Mix for a few minutes until smooth.

2. Pour carefully in the cup. It’s ready, enjoy!

Pineapple Sunrise Mocktail

Ingredients you will need: Pineapple juice, sugar free lemonade, grenadine, orange slices, or other fruit for garnish

1. Cut slices of orange or other fruits of your choice ready to decorate the glasses.

2. Stir together the pineapple juice and lemonade. Pour over ice.

3. Carefully pour grenadine into the drink so it settles on the bottom. 

4. Add a slice of orange to the side of each glass. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Peach Iced Tea

Ingredients you will need: For the syrup: 200g organic cane sugar, 250 ml water, 5 ripe peaches (4 stoned and chopped, 1 sliced to serve). For the tea: 3-4 tea decaffeinated black tea bags (depending on how strong you prefer it), 1900 ml filtered water

1. Combine sugar, water, and peaches (pitted and chopped) in a small pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sugar is dissolved, about 6 minutes.

2. Once the sugar is dissolved, cover, remove from heat and let steep for 25-30 minutes.

3. In the meantime, brew your tea. Try not to let it steep longer than 4-5 minutes or it can get bitter. Once brewed, remove tea bags and transfer to a pitcher. Refrigerate to cool.

4. Once your syrup is ready pour into a container over a fine mesh strainer to strain out peaches. You can reserve the peaches for later use, like over oats or ice cream.

5. Stir the peach syrup into the tea with some ice, or pour a little of the syrup into glasses and add the tea. Top up with more ice. Add peach slices to serve & enjoy!

Chose your kid’s favorite sippy cup and serve the drink in it!

Once you’ve chosen your kid’s favorite recipe and made the drinks, serve it in our 1-2-3 Sip Cups. If you have different colors of cups at home you can mix & match the cup and drinks to add to the festive feeling.

Those sippy cups are perfect for enticing little ones to drink. It transitions from straw to sippy cup to “big kid” cup for all of your kiddo’s stages of development.

You’ll see their drinks will only taste better with our our 1-2-3 Sip cups!

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Summer Safety: How Much Water Should Babies Drink?

We all know our bodies need water to survive and thrive, but with the arrival of hot weather and summer heatwaves, you may be wondering how much water should babies drink to stay safely hydrated? After all, adults greatly increase their water consumption during hot summer months, especially with increased activity levels, so shouldn’t baby? However, the answer depends on the age of the child. Staying hydrated helps the body flush waste, keeps bowel movements regular and helps the body regulate temperature, so it’s important for children and adults to get a healthy amount of water each day.

0-12 Months

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) health guidelines recommend against giving newborns and infants water. A properly fed infant, either through breastfeeding or formula, will get all the hydration they need through eating due to the high water content in both. In fact, giving water to newborns can be harmful! Water intoxication occurs when too much water flushes out critical nutrients, especially sodium. Although rare, this condition can affect children and adults. Giving newborns and infants water also makes them feel full and less interested in eating which can result in nutritional imbalances.

As your baby gets older and begins to transition to pureed foods, it’s a good time to introduce sip cups with small amounts of water. Babies at this age may not need more than 2-4 ounces of water per day. The less breastmilk or formula your baby consumes, the more water they need. Unfortunately, there’s no magic formula for figuring out the exact amount of water babies need, so use your child’s solid/pureed food intake, activity level and their thirst as your guidelines!

One Year +

By around one year, your baby’s milk or formula intake will typically reduce to the recommended 16 ounces per day. At this point, a one-year-old should have approximately one 8-oz cup of water daily, increased by one cup for every additional year. A two-year-old should have two 8-oz cups, a three-year-old, 3 cups and so on. Again, you should let your baby’s activity and thirst levels help dictate the proper amount of water for their unique needs.

Hydration Tips for Babies

Between 12-15 months, babies develop their grasp and coordination enough to begin holding a cup and practice sipping. Covered sip cups are a good way to introduce water and help your little one master drinking. Here are some tips for keeping kids hydrated during the summer:

Encourage small, frequent sips. When your child is overheated and thirsty, they’re more likely to gulp water which can cause abdominal discomfort. Instead, encourage them to take small sips regularly as they play and throughout the day. This will also keep them hydrated without feeling full and reducing healthy food intake.

Make sipping fun. Sippy cups in kid-friendly colors or with the addition of a fun accessory like a straw will help your baby be excited about drinking water. Older kids will want to use the same dishes as their parents, so try matching cups and make staying hydrated a family event.

Supplement water intake with water-rich foods. Yummy summer snacks like watermelon, strawberries, cucumbers, peaches, and pineapple are all hydrating.

So, how much water should babies drink? There’s no perfect answer. But for active babies who’ve begun the transition to pureed and solid foods, the key is frequent, small amounts. As kids get older, they’ll need regular reminders to drink water before they get overheated. It’s much easier to prevent dehydration than treat it!